Rock Creek Trail

EASY 9 reviews

Rock Creek Trail is a 10.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Arlington, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
10.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2057 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

blowdown

bugs

washed out

The Rock Creek Trailhead, located outside of Arlington, WY, accesses the northern end of the Rock Creek Trail. The out and back trail is popular with day hikers and mountain bikers. Horse travel is not advised due to the narrow trail, frequent rock slides, and very steep drop offs.

3 months ago

Easy trail. Would be fun to do with family. A lot of fallen trees after you reach the waterfall. Made it difficult to trek.

backpacking
3 months ago

Started at the Arlington trailhead and packed into Crater Lake. Great trail, like Teena says be prepared for a ton of downed trees that make the trail a lot more difficult than it would be otherwise for backpacking. We were on the trail in early June, the first 6 miles or so were pretty clear but after that there was still quite a bit of snow on the trail, especially around Crater Lake. Very secluded this time of year, the only other people we saw were a couple doing a day-hike near the trailhead.

3 months ago

be forewarned there are A LOT of downed trees on the trail that you have to climb over or crawl under. was a little difficult with a 50 lb pack on.

3 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail. Easy going. Quiet.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Very nice peaceful hike! Dog friendly, kid friendly and family friendly! There were signs of moose and bear but we had no encounters

backpacking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

First and foremost, the location of the trail head is very wrong on All trails as of 7/5/16. Visit http://www.justtrails.com/trails/rock-creek-trail/ for a much more accurate trail head description and trail information. I did submit an update to All Trails, but make sure you verify where the trail is. All Trails also is only showing about 3 miles of an 11.1 mile trail.

That being said, this is a fantastic backpacking trail. There are several well used camping sites along it, and it isn't overly trafficked. On July 4th weekend I met 8 other hikers over a span of 24 hours.

You do have to traverse several rock slides, and if you are going to bring a dog, you might consider boots for their feet. I learned that the hard way with a torn paw on my dog's foot.

There is a lot of bear and moose sign in the area, but I didn't see either animal in my trek. The trail follows Rock Creek and offers stunning vistas and quiet forest paths to lead the way.